By Deanna Jenne'
For at least two years concerned people and activist groups have been putting petitions on the internet about the Canadian mining proposition to cut the top off one of the most sacred mountains in the world, Cerrado Quemado, the Wixirika (Huichol) Birth Place of the Sun. I've felt the anxiety of our people, world wide, including myself, as many have put out the cry for stopping this world-wide industrial machine, called money and materialism. It became an issue for those of us who might have signed a petition or sent money could be tracked at the border and not allowed to come into Mexico. We were urged not to get involved in this way, but to hold prayers and vigil for the best outcome for Cerado Quemado, the Wixirika and our world. This is Sacred Activism.
This sacred mountain affects me: how I wake in the morning, how my day begins, how new life is brought forth, how weather is affected by this engine, how I sleep and dream at night and whether the sun will rise again. We take this Being, Grandfather Fire's Little Brother, Father Tau, for granted.
(These posters came from New M68 Portfolio!! WIRIKUTA -Tsekie Tuamuxawita: Herido Lugar Sagrado; http://www.justseeds.org/blog/2012/03/new_m68_portfolio_por_la_defen.html)
Sacred Activism: What impresses me the most about these years of Sacred Activism to keep mining interests off the Mountain is how it has taught so many people about this magnificent Being. I find the Gods to be remarkable in the way they work! The Gods have a way of getting our attention and therefore, this most Sacred Place of the Wixirika has been found out by the world. As Mother Earth is a magnicent Being, the unseen forces depend on humans to do their part. I thank our humans who have worked so hard and taught us that we cannot live without the Sacred in our everyday, mundane lives...It is always there but never to be taken for granted.
The Wixirika feel that as long as one marakame is greeting Father Tau in the morning, then all is well in the world. My husband, Gary, does this. Every morning at sunrise he's outside with his mueveris (feathered wands) saying hello to the Sun. His work in the world, in this capacity, is vital for the well-being of ourselves and Mother Earth.
Today is a good day. We have just received notice from our good friend Ana Cortez in Tepoztlan, Mexico, that Wiricuta is saved from the mining of the Cerrado Quemado. Wiricuta is the Birth Place of the Gods and is "downstream" from this Sacred Mountain. These places are unequivicably the MOST sacred sites for the Wixirika; for if the Sun doesn't rise, the rain don't fall, life stops.
Staying vigilant. We, the people, can celebrate the harmony and balance this news has created across the globe. I can only imagine the gratitude our brothers and sisters of the Wixirika must feel. The machine is enormous, a monster. We must stay vigilant with our prayers of gratitude to the Gods for the Sun rising each day, for all that our Mother Earth gives us in order to live in this precious realm. As humans we made an agreement with the Gods in the beginning of Time Before Time that we would give gratitude to all that is presented to us, to maintain the balance of the gift of the mind with the gift of the heart. This is what we can continue to do.
Here is the post from Ana:
The government has just announced that Wirikuta will not be subject to mining!!
The newspaper says in spanish (two hours ago): "The canadian company First Majestic will not do any mining at the wirikuta sacred territory in San Luis Potosí and has transfered its franchises in that area to the wixarika (huichol) people through the federal government. The 45 thousand acress of that franchise will be part of the national mining reserve, which will secure that the will not be transfered again. This was announced by the minister of internal affairs, Alejandro Poiré."
This announcement comes two days before a music festival that will take place this Saturday in Mexico City (the Wirikuta Fest) to raise funds for the defense of Wirikuta. Several state ministers gave the news that the sacred sites of the wixarika people will be protected.
(I can't stop crying of joy). Love, Ana